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ve to get our ford to victory lane at homestead. tested chicago. y tson. chicago. >> junior has won the daytona 500. >> woo! >> finally won here. it took so long. >> junior completes the sweep. he wins today at pocono raceway. >> good memories to relive with dale jr. based on your run tonight, how do you feel about the strength of your team? >> i wouldn't want to base it on tonight. we ran hard. the game guys in front of me w to go, they were junk, fighting over 11th spot and it was frustrating not to be able to get up there and do anything with them. we were off, too. couldn't get any power down. i don't think it' reflective how strong our team is. ill think we're a real good team going into chicago. got a lot of confidence. we're going to spend this whole week in meetings with our engineers, all that stuff, to try to prepare as good as we can and get our minds right and ready for this chase.
it's going to be a completely different atmosphere than what we done in the regular season. we've been locked in and really on a holiday for 20 weeks or so, since we've been locked in. time to get serious and get down to business and we have to get our heads straight and get ready. >> vacation over for dale earn hair j earnhardt jr. the chase is his to take on now. >> harvick wins at phoenix! >> woo-hoo! >> kevin harvick takes the southern 500. >> awesome freaking job, guys. >> how about that for a first time out with a new team? kevin harvick, two wins, gifts himself solidly in the chase and people are saying that if there's going to be a team, maybe a driver to unseat the hendrick guys this year, it could be you. how strong do you think this team can be as the chase begins? >> i think we have the race cars to do it. we still have, you know, some hiccups on pit road that, you know, aren't very good at this point of the year that you have to address in order to beat
those guys week in and week out, so -- i don't know what our plans are for that as we move into the next ten weeks, but the our race cars are as fast as they need to be and everybody's doing a great job and bringing fast cars to the racetrack, so, if it all comes together, i feel like we can do what we have to do on the racetrack to win a championship and, i know those guys can do it on pit road but we have to be more consistent to make that happen, so, we'll see. just have to thank everybody from jimmy john's and budweiser and outback and everybody who makes it possible to put this race car on the racetrack and really everybody at shr for building brand new team this year and making it possible to do what we need to do to even talk about racing for a championship. so, we're excited and looking forward to ten weeks. >> how do you fix the problem you're talking about on pit road? if tony stewart or gene haas says, let's fix it, what do you do? >> well, i can't -- you got to have faster pit stops. and, i don't really know where
that problem lies. i know we have a lot of people that work on those things in the shop and i know the guys building race cars and everybody at the racetracksz&ñ is doing they have to do and they got to figure it out. >> kevin harvick. >> allmendinger is pulling away. >> bring it to me, baby. bring it to me. >> a.j. allmendinger is a nascar sprint cup series winner. >> i won a sprint cup race, jerry! >> one of the underdogs of the chase. i know it was a tough night, but you have to get excited to look back at your win, what are your expectations, thoep, looking forward to the chase? >> we just -- right now, it's the nature of our race team. we're trying to take big steps, but at times you take one step back and you take two steps forward, so, our last two weeks have been a little bit difficult, but at the same point, we knew they were going to be, just the mere fact we don't have many cars in the race shop.
we had to get our three best bullets ready for the races in the chase. tough night tonight, but watkins glen is a great memory and i feel like if we -- if we're at our best, we can -- we have a shot of getting through the first three races and having a shot to move on. so, we did a test at charlotte, rcr's helped us get a new car ready for next weekend. we'll be ready to go. we're in it, so we have a shot. >> fun to watch what you can do with it. dave? >> kyle busch is in the chase for the seventh time. kyle, what are your expectations for this year's chase? >> i have no idea. just fight every week and see what we can get and try to work hard, you know, tonight was a draining night, but, you know, we had good, solid run at last year's chicago and we tested earlier this year$y>tthere, so k forward to getting back there, hopefully we've got a good piece like we did last year, run up front. try to salvage a good run in the first couple races to get ourselves established and start moving on. i know there's plenty of
opportunity out there for this m&ms team and this 18 car to outperform four other guys to move onto the second round and then second round's going to be our tough boat with kansas and talladega in there, so -- really like going to charlotte, though. that's one of my favorite places. we just tested there. felt like we had a good test there, as well. and we'll see if all that bolds we bolds well for our team and try to win a championship. >> sounds like a big challenge, but they've got as good a shot as anybody. >> kurt busch, looking forward to the chase. what are your expectations, kurt? >> we wanted to run tonight like we were running in the chase. what i meant by that was, the chaos of win and get in -- we're going to have that a lot throughout the chase this year. but yet, consistency is still going to play a key role. and we ran our own race tonight, finished seventh. if you can finish seventh the first three weeks of the chase, you're going to advance. i think you can do that again in
the next round of the chase. so, tonight was a nice feel for us to run obvious our own race. we waon a race at martinsville this year, and that surprised us all to make that happen, because the team was not ready, honestly. i'm glad we had the summer months to run through and once we got to the first pocono, it seemed like we were rolling after that. great, strong top fives. i wrecked the car at michigan, going for the win a few weeks back. but if we had run that race out, finished top five, that would have been four top fives in a row. that's what it takes to be a championship-contending team. this haas automation team is that. we have a nice ten weeks ahead of us. we've built better cars. we tested chicago, we tested loudon, we're going to test miami, we're going to charlotte, we've got a great teammate with kevin harvick to lean on, so, congratulations to stewart-haas for putting two cars in the chase. thanks to chevrolet and monster energy, mobile 1, rush truck
centers. been a great ride and most of all, thanks to gene haas for believing in me and, you know, we're here, we're a chase contender. it's my job to get the car championship available. >> let's go to doc. >> aric almirola, you take richard petty motorsports into the chase. how special is it to take the king possibly back to a championship stage? >> it's really special. we'll have an opportunity to do that. really excited about it. but we don't want to be just happy to be in the chase. we want to execute for the next ten weeks. we're going to have to be flawless. we know that, to have a shot. we're up to the challenge. we got two good weeks under our belt with top ten finishes and going into the chase with a lot of momentum, i feel like. and i don't feel like we have a lot of pressure. i think we're major underdogs, so, we're going to let it all hang out and see what happens. >> nothing to lose for these guys, going after it. let's go to vince. >> doc, we're at the infield
care center where jimmie johnson was brought after being faint following his exit from his race car today and again, jimmie exited the race car under his own power. immediately went down to the ground where he salt and then leaned over, laid over on his back, was eventually helped up to his feet to lean up against the car and at that point was realized that he was not under his own powe some crew members lifted him up, picked him, brought him here to the mobile stretch their you see on camera now and jimmie was brought here to the infield care center. chad knaus came and visited jimmie, upon exit, chad indicated that jimmie was suf r suffering from dehydration. and one of jimmie johnson's crew members brought a fresh change of clothes for jimmie, obviously was soaked from head to toe from sweat after climbing from his car after that eighth place finish tonight. so, at this point, the what we understand is that jimmie johnson is suffering from dehydration. we anticipate his exit from the medical care, infield care center soon.
>> thanks, vince. incredibly warm and humid day. >> yeah. >> in richmond. but it goes to show just how hard they had to fight inside the cars, considering jimmie johnson really is one of the fittest guys in the garage. i want to talk about him, as he goes into the chase, he is going for his seventh championship. if you look at the numbers, he has three wins this season. his last win came, though, in june. in michigan. four-straight top tens going into the chase. but he did have that rough stretch just a few weeks ago. is jimmie johnson back or are we still worried about that 48 team? >> i think the verdict's still out. i keep waiting for johnson to pop off and do something miraculous out there like he's done in the past. but he hasn't done it. though i will tell you, chicago, the mile and a hatches and tracks like that, that's where he really runs good. he's proved us wrong many, many times, i'm still looking at him. i'm thinking he's holding back fj?uj and he's just going to
shoot off and take off. >> he's fooled us before. >> yep, he has. but something's interesting. i mean, i've watched these guys since we started talkin abo in practice, they're good, but they're not great. i mean, usually they dominate practice, they're the fastest thing on the truck when they unload, they qualify well, they win the race. well, thes past several weeks, they've been okay, but they've not been spectacular and i'm going t tell you, the hendrick cars excel at the high speed high grip tracks that we're going to be coming into. it's goi to be interesting to seif the flip that switch. r >> if they flip the switch next week, i will never ask the question ever again. the other teammate, one of the other teammates in the hendrick garage, going for his fifth championship, talking about jeff gordon now. and i -- i keep wanting to go back to the brickyard. we always say at the brickyard, the cream rises. what did jeff gordon do at the
brickyard? legacy and what this could mean for jeff gordon. this is just a huge final tenure. >> a lot of drivers have ups and downs in their careers, and jeff's been down a little bit. bum he but he's been up this year. the brickyard, when we two there, we say, if you're going to win that race, that means you have to have the best engine, the best car, the best pit crew. it takes everything to win there. he did it. thguy's got what it takes to t n thchampionship tonight, again, like he's been all year long, it's like, we've had a resurgence of jeff gordon like i've never seen before. >> absolutely. the drive for five has been going on since 2002. gordon had 17 top tens the entire season in 2013. >> i was talking to alan gustafson about this resurgence. he talked about jeff and his everything jeff put into this race team. not that he hadn't bought all the way in, but jeff's
commitment, the communication, and the new ride height rule has played right back into jeff gord gordon's hands. we're seeing some of the best racing of his career. >> perhaps this could lead to a bigger conversation, but real quick, if he wins the championship, what happens? >> we've been hearing retirement. i don't know if that's going to happen or not. i say drive it and -
back live at richmond, as we wrapped up nascar's 26th race opening run and we move on now to the chase for the nascar sprint cup. ten races to crown a champion. we begin at chicagoland speedway next sunday. then move onto new hampshire, dover, kansas and more. join us at the track and, of course, on espn and abc.
>> joey logano. >> joey logano. >> it ain't over til it's over, baby. >> here comes keselowski. >> brad keselowski! >> we're back in the chase. hell yeah! >> well, for the second straight year, joey logano is in the chase. three wins on the year already. we saw you ran well, your teammate dominated the night. what are we looking forward to seeing from you two as the chase approaches? >> hopefully what we've been doing. just running up in the top five. and we had a hard-fought night tonight. we didn't quite run as good as we wanted to. didn't run as good as our teammate, that's for sure. congratulations to them. we were just okay, but we wore the tires out really quick. both fronts and rears. just a struggle to keep them on it and trying to figure out how hard i can drive it to how easy i should to make sure i had something at the end.
but overall, we're happy to be in the chase. i feel like we're definitely one of the cars that can do it this year. i feel a lot more confident than last year and my team can do this. i think we're all fired up and ready to go here. we've had the last few months to prepare for it and get ready for the next week coming up. >> tell mel what you lea what yt year that will help you this time in the chase? >> i don't know if it's anything that's going to apply, because the whole system's changed now. so, basically, our plan is to do what we've been doing. we have been very consistent, running up in the top five every week. and in contention to win. if we do that the next ten races, we're going to get ourselves to homestead and have a hell of a race from there. but you know, right now we have to stay focused, don't get spun out about, you know, the pressure kicking in or anything like that, which i know my team's good at. we'll keep our heads down and, you know, maybe shut off the tvs and do our job.
that's what, you know, don't let other people influence what we're going to do and we'll just -- do what we do. >> all right, joey low unanimous kn logano, one of the top seeds heading into chicago. >> this is the eighth chase appearance for denny hamlin. what do you feel is your strength coming in? >> pit crew. >> we've seen that lately. >> you know, we -- you know, we got a lot of pieces of the puzzle put together for a championship run. we, you know, as important as track position is these days, you have to have great pit stops. we feel like we have that part licked. you have to have faster cars. you got to qualify better. there's a lot of things that go into a championship run and we're missing a couple very important pieces and that's speed. >> denny hamlin finished second in the chase in 2010. looking for it all this year. >> matt kenseth had a tough night, but the good news is, he's in the chase. one of three drivers in on points.
looking forward to chicago and the nine-races after. what is your realistic expectation out of this team? >> well, i feel great about my team. i mean, i got a ton of confidence in the group. they've been really great on pit road, i think jason's been doing a great job this year. preparation's been good. executi execution's been great. i feel good about the company and the team and everything we can do. we just -- we just been kind of off on speed. we haven't had the speed for any of us to get up there and win the races that we did as a company last year. so, that being said, we just g to be perfect. can't do things like i did tonight and take us out of a race. weapon have to go out and be perfect on the racetrack, pit road calling the race, prep, all that stuff. you know, hopefully keep putting ourself in position to win like we did at atlanta, bristol. maybe things will fall our way and we'll be able to get some wins before the season's over.
thst win year dramatic driving in atlanta last week for kasey k to get in h chase. are on mile and a half tracks. that's right in your wheel house. >> yeah, you know, felt really good last week at atlanta. especially at the end of that race. look forward to chicago next week. that will be a great track for us to get started. tonight wasn't what we wanted, but it was tough. just with the tire combination, you know, just felt like it made the aero so bad and made it difficult to do anything. but yeah, hopefully some of the other tracks will be better for us and we'll be able to compete. >> kasey kahne looking forward to the mile and a halves and it all starts next week in chicago. allen? >> all right, doc, so, you heard from the first driver left out of the chase, clint bowyer, and 15 of the 16 who will compete for the championship. we continue to follow jimmie johnson, who sought some medical attention at the end of tonight's race. so, ten races, with the new
eliminator style championship this year. three-race bursts, if you will. the challenger round of the next three races, then eliminate four drivers, then the contender round of three races and eliminate four more and then the e limb nail or the round and eliminate four until you're down to four, that go to homestead-miami speed way and race heads up for a championship. highest finisher wins. thoughts on what we might see, first of all in this opening three-race stretch starting with chicagoland next week. >> yaem, we're going to see a fight for who can get that victory and move themselves into that next round. this is a win and you're in again. that's going to be the most important thing. when you don't have that, it's about being consistent. as i look ahead to all of these, i just think every third race is such an interesting deal. dover, talladega, phoenix. those are impact races where we could see dramatic things happen the very end of those races. this is going to be a lot of fun.
next week, chicago and you can move on. >> going to be that drama. you're talking about at the cut-off line at each one of these three races. it's going to be o that's what's going to be the exciting part. the pressure is going to keep coming up on the ones that are going to contend for the championship. that first -- i kind of see it like qualifying. you get that cutoff, the guys that are good enough, fast enough, they're going to make the cut pretty easy. the guys at the bottom are going the cut pretty easy. the guys at the bottom are going to have to fight. to be early. > think about what greg biffle said about the hardest night he' had? he' d r to try to get inc winningin the season. well, the pressur begins now as we're ten weeks to deciding who will be the nascar sprint cup series champion for 2014. the 16 drivers that will compete
for the championship and the order in which they go to post next week where points are concerned. brad keselowski with the number one seed by scoring another win here tonight. his fourth victory of the season and absolutely dominating fashion. so, a little bit of a different race than maybe weer with expecting to see here tonight in richmond, with keselowski leading all by 17 of the 400 laps. but we move on. the chase grid is set and not 16 drivers compete within each race to try and be the ones to go to homestead and race for that trophy, the nascar sprint cup series championship. next weekend, on espn2 saturday with the nationwide series race. on espn, one week from tomorrow, with round one in the chase for the nascar sprint cup. we'll talk to you then. for our espn nascar crew, so long from richmond. tonight at richmond, the race to the chase ends. >> one final race to make the chase. ♪ i can feel it coming in the air tonight ♪ >> brad keselowski leading all but 17 of the laps so far.
we begin tonight on storm watch. rain and thunderstorms sweeping across the region, bringing some relief from the heat and humidity, but leaving thousands without power. we begin with eileen whelan, who will show us when this nasty storm will move out. we arethe most part, done with the severe weather threat. watchvere thunderstorm has been canceled, and the flood warning for parts of montgomery county has also expired. live doppler, the heavy showers storms over the eastern shore and delaware, the southern tip of calvert county in st. mary's county. even though doppler is showing the light blue and green, that is not rain, that is just a little feedback from the radar. for the most part, we are over with the severe weather threat.
now it's all about the cooler temperatures, now in the 70's after being in the 90's this afternoon. the satellite radar, where the storms are moving, all towards the east. he had the storms over the eastern shore, we are seeing much improving conditions. overall, showers tapering off through the remainder of the overnight. dry and cool air will greet us tomorrow. then early next week, we could be tracking a coastal system. much more on all of that and a spectacular time lapse from the rooftop camera that i will share from the belfort furniture weather center coming up in about 10 minutes. >> the severe weather made for a busy night for the police and power companies. robert lyles continues team coverage from potomac, maryland. actually a ferocious punch from this very fast-moving
storm. where i stand here at the intersection of river road was just that, a river. the water has receded, but montgomery county fire says potomac was especially hard-hit. started falling at 6:30 this afternoon, that left bradley road flooded within minutes between seven locks and river road. 1800 block of bradley boulevard, the driver of this car drove into high water. it's not clear if the driver could see the water, but the engine flooded and the interior, swiftwater crews dispatched necessary to free the driver. a 7000 full powerline was sheared by the high wind. that has left several homes without power. falls road, the high winter got a 40 foot tree and five
transformers, blocking the road and flooding several homes. they continued to be dark at this hour. pepco is working to restore power to these homes. the information from minutes ago, there are 94 homes in the district without power, 38 in prince george's county in darkness, but in montgomery county, nearly 1000 homes without power. northern virginia was not spared by this fast-moving storm. the minion power reports just shy of 2100 homes without power -- dominion power says. 1400 homes are still in the dark. robert lyles, abc 7 news. keep you updated on how many customers are in the dark in the district after these storms swept through. stay tuned and keep deny on wjla.com. say it will be a long night as wind gusts of 75 miles per hour knock-down
thousands of power lines. out-of-state crews are moving to michigan to help with the frustrations there. we will keep you updated and you can always go to wjla.com as we track severe weather. download the stormwatch app to receive alerts on your mobile device, and check in anytime on the local weather. anne arundel county police are looking for the driver who struck an 11-year-old ability -- an 11-year-old boy and kept going. he was riding his bicycle when he was struck from behind and thrown from his hospital -- thrown from his bicycle. he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. >> in a montgomery county, a man was struck and killed by a train on the csx tracks in gaithersburg. firefighters say the train conductor saw the man on the train tracks. andpplied the brakes sounded the horn, but he could not stop the train and struck
the man. a do not believe that foul play was involved. believe foul play was involved. the white house says president obama decided to delay action on immigration until after the midterm elections. richard reeve has the reaction. >> the president is getting criticism on all sides of this. immigration reform supporters say he should have taken action months ago. how it looks like nothing will happen until after the november elections. langley park, maryland. a largely latino enclave. only eight miles from the nation capital. >> we appreciate what the government does for us. but we are frustrated. >> because two months after this -- toi'm beginning a new effort fix the immigration system on my own. >> the white house is now saying onto executive action
immigration reform until after the november election. >> they prioritize politics rather than people's lives. >> the president had considered allowing a plan to allow undocumented workers to remain in the country and an expansion of a deferred deportation program for children of immigrants. >> tried to get an education, good job, and a better future. >> why the turnaround? experts say that control of the senate is on the line. >> craddick incumbent -- democratic incumbents could face a voter backlash. immigration reform groups call the apparent about-face a betrayal of principles for politics. >> it will be more difficult for andcrats to get latinos people in the community motivated to come out to the polls. >> white house officials say a loss at the polls could delay future attempts at a broad overhaul. >> they ha